Call It Courage Author:Armstrong Sperry The Polynesian tradition of courage is as old as the race, so when a chief's son shows fear, the village drives him out. Thus it is that Mafutu, a youth terrified of the sea, sets out on a voyage of discovery. What he finds, of course, is his courage, and the story of how it comes to him won the Newberry Medal in 1941 as "the year's most dist... more »inguished contribution to American literature for children." Armstrong Sperry wrote books for and about young people. His stories are timeless and absorbing, perfect for family outings or for youngsters who like their heroes believable.« less
Newbery Medal Winner, part of the Just For Boys series.
From the back: This is a legend sung by the people of Hikueru - this is the story of how a boy's courage grew and of how he finally returned home exhausted in body, but strong and fearless in spirit - truly Mafatu, the Stout Heart.
Scholastic Newberry Award Winner
"When he was a small boy, Mafatu nearly drowned at sea. Ever since, he has been terrified of the ocean. But worse now are the jeers of the other boys. They call him a coward because he won't go out fishing with them, and Mafatu knows the time has come to face his enemy. With only his smlal dog Uri for compnay, Mafatu sails out alone - to die or prove his courage.